The flu season has been just about nonexistent this season — with the bottom charge of hospitalization ever since that information has been tallied.
Simply 165 flu-related hospitalizations have been recorded between Oct. 1 and Feb. 6, in response to current info from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
That’s in comparison with roughly 400,000 individuals who have been hospitalized through the 2019-2020 flu season, which additionally noticed 22,000 deaths.
“That is decrease than common for this level within the season and decrease than charges for any season since routine information assortment started in 2005, together with the low severity 2011-12 season,” the CDC mentioned.
With many faculties closed, extra school children have been staying dwelling through the world well being disaster, which has seemingly helped in stopping the unfold of influenza, NPR reported.
“COVID will be transmitted very readily amongst adults — very contagious — however flu, I believe, actually wants youngsters to unfold it round amongst themselves after which seed, if you’ll, the adults of their dwelling and their neighbors,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious illness specialist at Vanderbilt College, advised the station’s “Weekend Version.”
“Youngsters are typically considered having the distribution franchise for the influenza virus,” he added. “They produce rather more virus, they shed extra virus for longer intervals of time.”
Final yr, a report variety of individuals obtained the flu shot — amid warnings from well being specialists of the unprecedented mixture of the flu season and the lethal coronavirus pandemic.
Practically 52 % of individuals age 6 months and older have been inoculated, a rise of two.6 % from the prior season, the CDC mentioned.
The gentle season has additionally been aided by COVID-19 security measures, together with masks sporting and social distancing.
“Flu has been basically nonexistent” this season, Schaffner mentioned.
However he additionally warned that flu may return with a vengeance come the autumn.
“Many people didn’t get a lift from encountering the flu virus this yr, and so we haven’t had an opportunity to construct up our antibodies,” he mentioned. “All of the extra vital to get vaccinated this fall.”